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Review: Installed at Catherine Edelman Gallery

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Updated: Friday, January 3, 2014


Group show featuring work by Keliy Anderson-Staley, John Cyr, Elizabeth Ernst, Myra Greene, and Gregory Scott

Exhibition Dates: July 13 - September 1, 2012

[[5]] Installed brings the work of five artists together who at first may seem to share little in common. The title gives the link away- there is unity to the group. The installation of each of these artist's works is crucial to its appreciation. There is a playfulness of structure but a weight in tone with all of the works.

Keliy Anderson-Staley will present a selection of an ongoing series of Tntypes that belong to a series [Hyphen]-Americans. The title references the various identities that Americans have: Italian-American, African-American, Mexican-American, Irish-American and so on. The intimate images are grouped and mingled and will stretch across a 21 foot wall. The mosaic of images creates dialogue between the frames and with the viewer. The series begins to push and pull, shifting between American identities and American Identity.

John Cyr will also engage the multiple. Through grid-format Cyr will display nine (from a larger series of 65) developer trays. Each tray was used by a well-known photographer. Layers of image history, the residue of process remains; discoloration of chemicals stain the trays haunting like ghosts. We pause in reflection at the loss of this process.

Elizabeth Ernst is a story-teller. She has invented personnages, built them from clay, paper mache and metal, then photographed them. Ernst has been exploring the private and public personas of her figures who all belong to a fictitious circus. Ernst has rounded out these characters, written their biographies and used them to engage wider themes of public and private through the situations the figures engage. Sculpted figures to be displayed along side the images.

Myra Greene works with the fragment of self to address the history of American slavery. Pieces of her face- eyes, lips, nose, ears are all strong and bold features of race and classification.

Gregory Scott takes inspiration from Donald Judd. He has built six wall-hanging shelves that incorporated video. Views of water in the lower rungs give way to sky in the upper segments. We find the artist floating through the different planes and interacting with elements. Space and minimalism of the referent are honored as the artist explores and pushes boundaries.

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For more information on this exhibition please visit Catherine Edelman Gallery

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